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Parents push for special education vouchers

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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Parents who want Mississippi lawmakers to approve special education vouchers are adding their voices in support.

House and Senate lawmakers held a hearing Tuesday to showcase the proposals.

The move comes even as proponents say they were willing to make concessions to get the bills passed.

The plan would give debit cards with more than $6,000 on them to parents who withdraw their special education students from public schools. The money could be spent on private school tuition or private tutoring services.

The proposal has created a split among special education advocates with some saying Mississippi's special education system is so broken that students need an escape hatch while others say leaving public schools will reduce pressure for improvements for those left behind.

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